Five years ago today, on July 29, 2009, Mat Latos, Greg Burke and Mike Ekstrom combined to throw the San Diego Padres 22nd one-hitter in franchise history with a 7-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Latos, the starter, lost his no-hitter in the fourth inning on a Jerry Hairston home run to left.
It was the only hit Latos would yield during seven strong innings of work at Great American Ball Park. Burke pitched the eighth and Ekstrom closed the game, each without yielding a hit.
Latos would go the distance less than a year later to capture the Friars’ 24th one-hitter by himself. On May 13, 2010, he gave up only an Eli Whiteside 6th-inning single – a dribbler between the shortstop and pitcher – during the Paders 1-0 win over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.